Staff Attorney Position

We are looking for a dynamic and creative staff attorney who would be assigned to either our Public Benefits team or Labor team to provide legal representation, policy advocacy, and community education. The Public Benefits team addresses hunger and secure fundamental fairness in the administration of the public safety net for low-income New Mexicans, covering SNAP, TANF, childcare assistance and other programs. The Labor team works to improve pay and working conditions in New Mexico in collaboration with other worker justice groups and community organizers. This would be a full time permanent position.

Required: minimum two years as an attorney; excellent research, writing, and legal advocacy skills; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence; strong leadership skills; ability to problem-solve creatively; Spanish fluency; commitment to economic and racial justice. Preferred: experience in advocacy, lobbying, legislative and government processes; experience working with community groups and coalitions.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to We are an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, people of color, and people who have grown up in low-income communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Paid Summer Internship

Spend your summer fighting for social justice!

The Seth D. Montgomery Fellowship is a paid 10-week, full-time position at the Center for an outstanding first or second year law student. The Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend and will work closely with our attorneys in one or more of our areas of work, doing legal research, drafting pleadings and advocacy materials, and performing issue analysis, investigation and outreach to affected communities. The Fellow will learn about the Center’s unique model for advancing justice through creative lawyering and advocacy, and develop skills to become an effective advocate for social change.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and law school transcript to Sovereign Hager Enter in the Subject Heading: “Seth Montgomery Fellowship”. If you have a particular interest in one of our areas of work, let us know about it in your cover letter.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at or Preston Sanchez at